Property Brothers, Income Property, Fixer Upper. So many shows these days are demonstrating the ease of planning your home remodel with just a click of a mouse. Inspired by the DIY spirit and fueled by far more coffee than any human should ever consume, I set out to find a design program that not only looked as good as what the pros use on t.v. but is also easy to use and 100% free.
The results were initially quite overwhelming, with hundreds of available tools, each claiming to be the best. I decided to limit my search back some to only programs that had good ratings and reviews. After some testing, and a lot more coffee, I came away with a pretty solid list of my 5 favorite tools that are user friendly, pretty and oh so very free! Let’s get down to Design, Deco & Bloom Style with 5 Free Must Use Online Interior Design Tools For Planning Room Layouts!
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5 Free Online Interior Design Tools for Planning Room Layouts
This fantastic tool from the makers of Better Homes and Gardens magazine is a quick and easy to use tool for throwing together designs for any sized space. The app runs right in your browser, meaning that after creating an account you can jump right into planning your project without needing to download or set up any new software, and it’s simple drag and drop interface makes designing quick and fun. While the functionality is a little limited (only furniture can be placed and arranged, and there is no way to view a 3d model of the room) the quick and simple nature of this tool make it an excellent starting place for your next remodel.
I love Ikea, from the dozens of excellently modeled rooms, to the massive warehouse chalked full of furniture, and even their restaurants with those delicious Swedish meatballs. To me, trips to are Ikea are like trips to a magical wonderland of furniture, so naturally when I found out that they had an online tool to help design rooms I had to give it a whirl. The Ikea Kitchen Planner is quite similar to the 1st tool. It is entirely online, has a simple point and click interface, and has the same limitations as the Arrange a Room tool does. The main difference is, while having a larger selection of furniture, all of the furniture listed is kitchen themed, and from Ikea. If you love Ikea, and are thinking about making some updates in the near future, I would definitely recommend checking this tool out.
Autodesk is pretty famous for their suites of drafting and design software, but they also offer this excellent tool for free online. This tool is definitely more complex than the first two, offering a similar drag and drop experience, but allowing you to build on a much larger level. The Homestyler also offers a 3d rendering of the models that you build and allows you to take snapshots of various rooms. The tool has a fairly large library of brand name furniture built right into it, allowing you test various brand’s looks out in your home before you buy them. Overall, the Homestyler is fantastic for anything from a minor remodeling job, to custom building an entire house.
Have you ever gotten home from the store with a can of paint, ready to give your walls a fresh new look, only to find out after you paint the walls that this color doesn’t look anything like you thought it would? I know I have, and there is no worse feeling than the combination of buyer’s remorse and frustration that I now get to paint the walls a second time that I feel when it happens. ColorJive is fantastic for avoiding those frustrations. Just take a picture of the room in question, quickly upload it, and start painting those walls! It’s super quick to use, and lets you save different looks in case you want to compare later. The most important things about this tool in my opinion though is the fact that it contains a library of paint colors from every major brand, so you can be sure that you are looking at exactly the color you are thinking of purchasing.
Smartdraw’s Floor Plan Software is a fantastic addition to your planning arsenal. Whether you are thinking of remodeling a single room, a whole house, or even re-landscaping your yard, this program will let you plan it all. It is the most complex piece of software on the list, requiring download and installation, but it has a far more versatile range of tools, allowing you to plan your next project from start to finish!